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Old 12-19-09, 12:54 PM   #1
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Cipollini and Ulllrich 2003 Worlds withdrawals

Can anyone recall the details about why Cipollini and Ullrich both decided not to race the 2003 Worlds in Hamilton? I'm doing some research, and can't find any information anywhere.

I was actually living in Hamilton at the time and enjoyed the championships immensely, but was not yet a fan of cycling per se, so I didn't know any of the riders or follow the news about them.

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To concentrate solely on the 2003 TDF.
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Just in case anyone is following this thread, I've finally come up with a source for why Cipollini didn't race in 2003:

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As many expected, Mario Cipollini will not be taking part in the 2003 World Road Champions in Hamilton. The reigining World Champion officially announced his decision during a press conference he gave this morning in Milan.

This news comes as no surprise as the "Lion King", winner of the past edition in Zolder with a stellar sprint, has not been racing a "real" competition for more than four months, after a the dramatic crash caused by a Kelme rider forced him out of the Giro on May 21st.

Cipollini will not race the Worlds! (posted on October 3, 2003)
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